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19 amicus briefs filed in assisted suicide appealPosted on July 9

19 amicus briefs filed in assisted suicide appealPosted on July 9


BOZEMAN - Nineteen friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed with the Montana Supreme Court seeking to sway the justices in their upcoming ruling on physician-assisted suicide.

The state has appealed a decision by District Judge Dorothy McCarter, who found that physician-assisted suicide is a right protected under the Montana Constitution. The ruling made Montana the third state to allow doctors to provide life-ending medication to terminally ill people. No one has used the right however, and patients seeking help to die have complained they can't find doctors willing to help them.

Groups opposed to the practice say it will prove to be an expedient way for families and doctors to handle relatives with severe illness. Those supporting the ruling say the choice to die should be protected and personal, and it doesn't constitute suicide or homicide.

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